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4 maddeningly fragile reasons why Apple MacBook owners sometimes irk Windows laptop lovers

Discussions between Windows laptop users and MacBook owners can get heated...(Image source: Lenovo/Apple/Unsplash - edited)
Discussions between Windows laptop users and MacBook owners can get heated...(Image source: Lenovo/Apple/Unsplash - edited)
For the layperson there may be little difference between owning a Windows-based laptop or choosing a MacBook notebook from Apple. But for those a bit more in the know, there is sometimes a bubbling cauldron of caustic vitriol just waiting to spill out of a hardcore laptop user when confronted by a stereotypically smug Apple fanboy or fangirl. Readers operating Linux on their laptop can look away now.
Article compiled by Daniel R Deakin
The choices and comments made on this list belong solely to the author.

Compiled by Daniel R Deakin - The choices and comments made on this list belong solely to the author and may not reflect Notebookcheck's opinions

1. Specs…tell me the specs!

It’s almost definitely a generalization, but it seems that Windows-based laptop users are more likely going to be able to tell you what’s inside their device rather than the average MacBook Pro or MacBook Air owner. Ryzen or Intel? Check. 8 GB or 16 GB RAM? Check. Chip clock rate or core count? Check. iGPU or dGPU? Check. These laptop buyers scour the specsheet and pore over configurations for their perfect build. Apple fanboys and fangirls simply march into their local Apple Store and ask for something in Space Gray (blank stares from the Genius Bar ensue)...probably.

Go on then...show me where the SSD is. (Image source: MacRumors)
Go on then...show me where the SSD is

2. Having to lay low in Starbucks

There are more Apples in your typical Starbucks store than a Washington State orchard. It’s great to get away from your office, order a latté, sit down in a comfortable chair and open up your laptop for a little bit of light surfing or media consumption. But if you aren’t in possession of the latest XPS, ThinkPad X1, or Microsoft Surface device, you should expect a lot of amused looks coming your way from owners of those shiny silver beauties with flashy fruit logos – you will soon be the deer caught in their ubiquitous lights.

How do you like these apples? (Image source: CNBC)
How do you like these apples?

3. The moribund gaming question

Got a brand-new GeForce RTX 30 series laptop GPU ready for action in your Windows-based laptop and you know the Zen 3 AMD Ryzen chip or 11th Gen Intel Core processor inside it can handle anything you’re going to throw at it. No way a MacBook could handle a similar level of gaming action, certainly not natively. But sometimes you just want to play Solitaire, or laugh your way through Instagram, or maybe indulge in a bit of a Netflix binge – and all of these things are just as easy to do on a MacBook. Better get down to your local superstore and buy a copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War now, soldier, before you get converted.

That is Crysis and that is a MacBook Air from 2010. (Image source: Tech of Tomorrow)
That is Crysis and that is a MacBook Air from 2010

4. Kidding yourself that you don’t secretly want a 2021 MacBook Pro

You’ve used a Windows-based laptop throughout your days of education and/or working life. You love the endless custom possibilities, the more “open” ecosystem (pre-Windows 11), the ease of repair or reconfiguration. But that MacBook Pro 14 with M1 Pro SoC and that 16-inch model with the M1 Max chip...damn they look good! Fast you say? High performance levels really? Superfast integrated graphics support? Incredible displays and next-level processing prowess? All this goodness will likely lead the average hardcore Windows-based laptop devotee to dismissively mutter that immutable phrase: “yeah…but it’s still a MacBook”, while perhaps secretly wishing they had one but it was made by Dell or Lenovo instead.

MacBook and XPS: Best of frenemies (Image source: Apple/Dell)
MacBook and XPS: Best of frenemies

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Daniel R Deakin, 2021-12- 6 (Update: 2022-01-18)